Omnibus is an upcoming game about a bus that can’t stop or even slow down. There’s no bomb, and no evidence to suggest the brakes have failed. It just so happens to be the ‘most powerful bus in the universe that cannot slow down for reasons that are incomprehensible to the simple human mind’. It’s best not to think about it.
It’s up to you (not Keanu or Sandra) to guide the speeding bus through a series of bizarre objectives without flipping it over. Objectives include slaying demon buses, harvesting corn and transporting astronauts to a wedding… typical bus driver jobs. Omnibus is a physics based game, so you can expect the bus to be near impossible to control.
There are several other modes available if you’re uninterested in saving the world one passenger at a time. Multiplayer Derby supports up to four players in either a free-for-all trick mode or death match. If you want to conquer the roads alone, trick mode is available in single player and features online leaderboards.
If you like collector’s editions than you may want to check out the Omnibus Ultimate Driver Edition. In addition to a digital copy of the game and soundtrack, you also score a real life bus…
Yup, that’s right. We’re not entirely sure if this is legit or not, or whether the bus could be delivered outside of the U.S (highly doubtful, yet a man can dream), but you’ve got to give them credit for coming up with something … original? As long as the brakes work, of course. For $7500, you’d certainly hope so.
If you’d like to try before you buy (the game that is, not the bus), there is also a free version available… sort of. Just follow this link to a PDF of a cardboard bus and buildings. Cut the pieces out, tape them together and let your imagination run wild as you recreate your favourite movie action sequences.
Omnibus does something that very few games can claim, and that’s catering to everyone, even non-gamers (and bus lovers). Developers Buddy Cops, a two man team operating without a license in the city of Chicago, are certainly brave in their attempt to capture the attention of a constantly growing and crowded market with … you know … an actual bus.
If insane physics, space corn and PlayStation 1 era graphics are your cup of tea, then consider checking out the game when it’s released 27th May 2016 for PC and Mac via Steam and GOG.
Michael Vane is a freelance writer who had always expected there to be a Speed 3 set on an airplane. If you wish to discuss buses, planes or other modes of transport, why not say hi on Twitter @DrVane